Ford drives hike in car production in Romania

Ford drives hike in car production in Romania
Ford models including the Puma (pictured) are manufactured at Craoiva, Romania.
By Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 18, 2024

The combined automobile production of Romania’s two car plants, Dacia and Ford Otosan, increased by 7.1% y/y to 152,912 units in the first quarter if the year based entirely on the robust performance of the Ford factory in Craiova, where the production of the Courier models gained momentum.

Renault’s Dacia plant remains Romania’s leading car producer with 90,197 units in Q1 despite the 3.1% y/y decline in the first quarter of the year, driven by the transition from Duster 2 to Duster 3 versions of the popular SUV model and by the slowdown of the domestic market where the state-backed scheme to replace old cars was deferred. 

Ford Otosan’s factory in Craiova increased its output by 26.8% y/y to 60,715 units in Q1 as the production of its Courier models gained momentum. The plant exceeded monthly production if 25,000 units for the first time in March. 

In December, Ford Otosan’s Romanian plant launched the production of the new Transit and Tourneo Courier models in Craiova.

The plant also manufactures Puma (SUV) and EcoSport (SUV) passenger vehicles in addition to 1.0 EcoBoost engines. It has an annual engine production capacity of 365,000 units.

The two Romanian car manufacturers produced a record number of cars in 2023: 513,050 units (small commercial vehicles included), 0.7% more compared to 2022 and a more significant 17% above 2021. New models being launched in 2024 indicate the output will rise further.

Of the total volume in 2023, the Dacia plant produced 322,086 vehicles, up 2.5%, and Ford Otosan Craiova 190,964 vehicles, down 2% compared to 2022. In December, 34,965 vehicles were produced in Romania. Of these, 22,117 units were produced in Mioveni and 12,848 in Craiova.